East Windsor plans Independence Day of fun and fireworks

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Bring your blankets and chairs, some hotdogs and burgers for the grills and prepare for for a evening of fun and fireworks as East Windsor celebrates Independence Day with a community celebration Saturday, July 1, at Etra Lake Park.
The Independence Day celebration free entertainment begins at 6 p.m. with Jerry Rife’s Rhythm Kings Dixieland Jazz Band, a six-piece band from the Delaware Valley area, best known for its traditional jazz sound. They will be followed at 7:30 p.m. by the Trenton Brass Quintet Plus One, a six-piece ensemble from Central Jersey performing Americana and a variety of popular melodies.
The fireworks display will commence immediately following the musical presentations, at approximately 9:30 p.m.
“Our Nation’s Independence Day is a great occasion for our residents to join together in celebration and recognition of our blessings of liberty and freedom,” said Mayor Janice Mironov.
There will also be vendors present for purchase of refreshments. This free event is made possible through the generous contributions of many area businesses. The rain date for the event is Saturday, July 8.
In addition, East Windsor will continue a summer of free program and events at Etra Lake Park. At 6 p.m. Sunday, July 23, “Tusk” – a tribute band to Fleetwood Mac composed of five seasoned musicians who have been entertaining audiences in various combinations and styles for more than 25 years – will perform Fleetwood Mac favorites such as “Dreams,” “The Chain,” “Landslide,” “Oh Well,” and more great hits.
On Saturday, Aug. 15, a “Family Night in the Park” will feature a large-screen viewing of the movie “Sing,” a 2016 musical comedy film, is about a group of anthropomorphic animals that enter into a singing competition, which is hosted by a koala hoping to save his theater. The film features more than 60 songs from famous artists. The evening will begin at 7 p.m. with free inflatable rides, games, and vendors. The rain date is Sunday, Aug. 16.
On Sunday, Aug. 13 at 6 p.m. “Beginnings,” a Chicago tribute group consisting of eight professional musicians from New York that came together and formed a tribute band to one of the greatest American Rock bands of all time, will perform Chicago hits such as “Just You and Me,” “Saturday in the Park,” “25 or 6 to 4” and many more.
On Sunday, Aug. 27, at 6 p.m. “Jersey Sound,” a seven-member band offering an eclectic blend of oldies, 60s pop, Motown and R&B over the years, will perform. “Jersey Sound’s” dynamic vocalists and killer rhythm sections feature songs such as “Old Time Rock & Roll,” “I Go to Pieces,” “Unchained Melody,” “Tell Me Why” and many more.
If there is inclement weather for the concerts (July 23, Aug. 13, Aug. 27), the program will be moved indoors to the East Windsor Regional School District Hightstown High School auditorium. For information in the event of inclement weather for any of these events, call the East Windsor information hotline (609) 443-4000, ext. 400.
The following community businesses have underwritten and made this summer entertainment possible: Platinum Supporters –Berkshire Bank; Gold Supporters – ACT Engineers, Inc., CentraState Healthcare System, Hovione, Shop Rite, Shiseido, The Woods at East Windsor; Silver Supporters – Conair Corporation, Holiday Inn at East Windsor and Days Inn of East Windsor, Maser Consulting, Taco Bell and Windsor Nissan; Bronze Supporters –Diversified Rack and Shelving, Inc., East Windsor Police Benevolent Association, H & H Appliance, Hampton Inn of East Windsor, Hand and Stone Massage and Facial Spa, John Mayorek, Kucker Haney Paint Co., Moe’s Southwest Grill, Personal Paperwork Solutions, Rita’s Water Ice, RJ Hicks Paving, Sherwin Williams, Sushi King Restaurant, T & M Associates, Van Note-Harvey Associates and Windsor Liquors.